How To Break Patterns Of Emotional Eating

Many of us turn to food as a form of comfort, whether it’s due to not being able to tolerate difficult feelings or not having other forms of pleasure, and it leads to a dependence on using food to soothe and disconnect from our emotions. What we don’t realize is that emotional eating is natural and inborn, and it’s not a matter of having too little willpower. The good news is there are so many things we can do to break unhealthy patterns and cultivate a different relationship with food.

In today’s episode, I talk with Marc David and Lisa Lampanelli about why so many of us find ourselves eating when stricken with tough emotions, why it’s normal, and what to do about it.

Marc David, MA, is the bestselling author of the books Nourishing Wisdom: A Mind-Body Approach to Nutrition and Well-Being and The Slow Down Diet: Eating for Pleasure, Energy, and Weight Loss, a frequent speaker and consultant, and host of the celebrated Psychology of Eating Podcast. Marc is also the founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, the world’s only health coaching program devoted to teaching the principles of dynamic eating psychology and mind-body nutrition.

You probably recognize Lisa Lampanelli’s name from the world of comedy, where she has had a career spanning more than 30 years. She has numerous tours, Grammy nominations, and national TV guest appearances and specials under her belt. Lisa made national headlines in 2012 when she lost more than 100 pounds with the help of bariatric surgery. The comedian went on to speak with unflinching honesty about her lifelong food and body-image issues and has since gone from insulter to inspirer. Now in her 50s, she’s done a career overhaul and works as a life coach, food and body-image workshop leader, speaker, and storyteller.

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